Hello, my name is Damian Newell.
Based close to Bingley, West Yorkshire I look after clients from all over the country. With 40 years experience in the travel industry, I am part of a network of independent, professional travel consultants.
Many people now attempt to book their holidays via the internet rather than having the hassle of going into a travel agency, often unaware of the problems this can create, particularly when it comes to financial protection and lack of personal knowledge, let alone the hours of time and expense trying to sort out issues. We at Travel Counsellors take your travel experience to the next stage and give you the opportunity of selecting your holiday from the comfort of your own home, coupled with a level of expertise and complete financial protection you will not find elsewhere.
I will offer you the best value available from a wider range of operators than any high street agency can offer and am happy to tailor make travel to suit your needs and budget. I can provide you with any details you require quickly by email and as I work from home. I work flexible hours so can be contacted when you need me.
My aim is to build long term partnerships with all my clients based on trust, understanding and the honesty of independent and professional advice.
I have had many years experience in organising travel all over the world and am familiar with most aspects of the industry.
I have first hand knowledge of many cruise ships and through the benefit of extensive personal experience I am able to specialise in travel to Australia, New Zealand, USA, many Caribbean Islands, Canada, Middle East, Peru, India, Indian Ocean, South Africa & the Far East including Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Hong Kong as well as many other destinations in Europe and further afield.
Please do not hesitate to contact me so together, we can arrange your next exciting trip.
Sent in by Brian & Barabara Wilcox
Bolton, 14 October 2018
We have just returned from another fabulous and amazing holiday arranged by Damian. We have now used him on several occasions, over recent years, and without a shadow of doubt we cannot recommend him highly enough. This testament can also be supported by both family and friends who have also used his service, on our recommendation, both recently and in the past. His professionalism, expertise, knowledge and full commitment to ensuring that everything is tailored made to suit your personal needs is comforting and reassuring. We can go away on holiday knowing that the travel arrangements, accommodation and all other arrangements of the itinerary are perfect in every aspect. Another added reassurance is that Damian is always available, either at the end of the phone of by email. Thanks once again Damian for an outstanding service.
Sent in by Anthony Maloney
Atherton Manchester, 17 August 2018
The service Damian has provided to us over the years has always been exceptional, kind, thoughtful and considerate. Damian has a talent in setting high standards of performance for himself, assuming responsibility and accountability for successfully completing our requirements and ensuring interactions and transactions are ethical and convey integrity at all times.
Sent in by Enna Rey
Liverpool, 14 August 2018
From my first contact to booking my holiday was very easy and speedy
Sent in by Brian Young
Basingstoke, 15 July 2018
Damian was very helpful and listened to our needs and price range. He managed on both accounts and we are very happy with his ssrvice. Already we have passed his name and number onto friends. Keep up the good work Damian.
Sent in by Sharon Wilson
Bolton, 13 July 2018
I have recommended Damian to all my friends. For the great service advice and choice given when looking to book any holiday. Excellent service throughout.
Sent in by Jane Shilling
Hartley Wintney, 04 July 2018
I have used Damian at Travel Counsellors several times now and have always found him extremely helpful and efficient. I would certainly have no hesitation in recommending him to any of my family or friends.
Sent in by Keith Underwood
Littleborough, 29 June 2018
I fail to see how anyone could have been more helpful than Damian when we were booking our holiday. We have already recommended him to members of our family
Sent in by Michael Walker
Poulton-le-Fylde, 30 May 2018
Damian is a lovely man. He is most helpful and nothing is too much trouble.We would highly recommend him. Avril and Michael Walker
Sent in by Catherine Pitts
Bradford , 03 May 2018
Really quick to sort our holiday, responded to our questions and gave us options to make the best choice for us.
Sent in by Ann Jolly
Keighley, 17 April 2018
Always there for us to answer any questions or queries wether important or trivial. Extremely knowledgeable, helpful yet professional at all times. Would not hesitate to use Damian Newell as our go to Travel Counsellor.
Sent in by Richard Evans
York, 04 April 2018
We have recommended Damian to many friends, he delivers an incredible service. He puts together bespoke holidays for myself and my wife which always exceed our expectations.
Sent in by Alan Yates
Treharris, 14 February 2018
Damian as usual got exactly what we wanted for our holiday. Dedicated, great service and assistance helping us choose our holiday arrangements.
Sent in by Caroline O'Brien
Warrington, 12 February 2018
Damian is very helpful and knowledgeable. I have trusted him with my travel arrangements for many years and hope to continue for many years to come. I have recommended him to friends and will continue to do so.
Sent in by Barbara Bond
Atherton, Grtr Manchester, 06 February 2018
Fantastic service. Arrangements made very quickly without any delays
Sent in by Catherine Newell
Keighley, 31 January 2018
When I want to see the world, I see Damian.
Sent in by Linda Will
Keighley, 31 January 2018
Through Damian's knowledge and excellent connections we've toured New Zealand, sailed the coast of Norway, chilled in the Maldives and hiked the Grand Canyon. Wherever you want to go, he'll make it happen.
Sent in by Paula Johnston
Keighley, 25 January 2018
Quick turnaround on providing holiday options and went the extra mile to ensure we got the cruise and accommodation required even when it said there was no availability.
Sent in by Marie Wright
Sandhurst, 24 January 2018
Damian Newell has arranged our travel ever since becoming a Travel Counsellor. His passion and enthusiasm for his job are evident as is his flair for selecting exactly the right trip to suit our needs. We recommend him to all of our friends who also reap the benefits of his expertise and speak very highly of the holidays he has arranged for them. We give him our very highest recommendation.
Sent in by Roger Darnell
Clacton-On-Sea, 10 January 2018
Brilliant service. As per usual!
Sent in by Helen Wild
Keighley, 09 January 2018
Damian is patient, helpful and extremely knowledgeable. I do recommend him to family and friends and look forward to using his services again.
Sent in by Jacqueline Fox
Skipton, 23 December 2017
Damian's advice invaluable and he is always happy to look out alternatives when we change our minds! Always go with the ideal itineraries he plans for us.
Sent in by Barbara Wilcox
Bolton, 07 November 2017
We have used Damian several times over the years and have always found him to be extremely professional, helpful and very friendly. His knowledge is second to none! We have recommended him to family and friends on numerous occasions and will continue to so.
Sent in by Lorna James
Liversedge, West Yorkshire, 27 September 2017
Damian Newell has been my Travel Counsellor for the past 15 years during which time I have experienced a high standard of service from him. He is helpful, friendly, approachable whilst being professional. Damian is knowledgeable about travel and I rely on him for advice on the countries I want to visit. I often just tell him where I would like to visit and in a short time I have the information needed to complete the booking. Damian is courteous and his attention to detail is excellent. He always goes the extra mile to make my travel experiences memorable. I am happy to have Damian as my personal Travel Counsellor and will always recommend him to friends and family so they too can experience the high standard of service I have enjoyed over the past 15 years. Once again thank you Damian. you are 'simply the best.'.
Sent in by Richard Evans
York , 20 September 2017
Damian is incredibly helpful and makes the experience of booking a holiday an absolute pleasure.
Sent in by Susan Cope
Sidcup, 15 September 2017
We do recommend Damian, he always gives a good service, particularly if asked to put together holidays based on our personal preferences.
Sent in by Lorna James
Liversedge, 07 September 2017
It's a pleasure booking my holiday with Damian, getting high standards and added personal touch and attention to details as always. Thank you. Warm wishes.
Sent in by Rebecca Mazur
Cullingworth, 04 September 2017
Damian provided a first class service, even recommending changes to our trip that we would never have thought of!
Sent in by Hannah Wilson
Manchester, 31 August 2017
Damian was recommended to me and I would definitely recommend him to others. He was really helpful and friendly throughout and he responded to any queries rapidly.
Sent in by Pauline Maloney
Atherton Manchester, 15 August 2017
Fantastic service couldn't be improved
Sent in by Julie Guy
Wigan, 13 August 2017
As usual ( as we have had the pleasure of using Damian previously to book cruises) a first class service. Damian always goes the extra mile. Thanks.
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